Where It All Began
SINCE DAY ONE, OUR FOCUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO FEED HUNGRY KIDS
In 2012, mother-daughter duo, Joanne and Emily-anne were confronted with the reality of childhood hunger in their own community. In particular, they learned about the “weekend hunger gap” — when kids who normally rely on school-day meal programs suffer in silence over the weekends when meal support is scarce.
Joanne and Emily-anne engaged local schools, donors, and volunteers. In September 2012, Backpack Buddies made its first delivery of 20 bags of food to hungry children at a school in East Vancouver.
Today, our team at Backpack Buddies supports over 5,000 hungry children every week by collaborating with educators, administrators, social workers and other non-profits. In 2022/23 school year, we delivered over 1.25 million meals to children in 63 communities across BC.
LEADERSHIP. TRANSPARENCY. TRUST.
We know that it takes trust to partner with an organization. Meet the people that hold us accountable to the highest levels of integrity and explore our reporting to see it for yourself.
- Meet our Board of Directors
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We gratefully partner with donors, foundations, and businesses every year who are passionate about feeding hungry kids in their communities. Meet our generous change makers, champions and friends who make this work possible.Meet Our Partners